birds, Blog, gardens

Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows

Day 195

Today’s post is brought to you by the jukebox in my head, and Lesley Gore of course. Yesterday was a cool and breezy day, but today has the promise of being a bit warmer. Looking outside and seeing the sun made this song pop into my head.

Birds

We love to watch the birds at the feeder. It is a favorite pastime of our grandchildren as well. I use a very cool and easy-to-use app called Merlin Bird ID from Cornell Labs to identify birds and learn about their habitat and their behavior. The app also lets you share your findings which is nice!

The ruby-throated hummingbirds are back. Our first sighting was on the 14th. We see them off and on throughout the day now. They are already exhibiting their swooping behavior. This can either be a territorial or a mating display. The poor hummingbirds spend more energy defending their territory than they do eating.

At the feeder today:

  • Goldfinches galore (bright yellow now that spring is here)
  • White throated sparrow
  • Blue jay
  • Northern cardinal
  • Tufted titmouse
  • Carolina wren
  • White-breasted nuthatch
  • Chickadee
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Brown thrasher
  • Indigo Bunting

The Indigo Bunting is a rare sight for us. They winter in Central America and the blaze of blue flying through the trees is unmistakeable. Seeing this bird always makes me feel the presence of my sister and that makes me happy. She always had Indigo Buntings at her feeder.

Plans for the Day

Today I will get back outside. Hubby raised our raised garden to improve drainage. Today I will plant radishes, tomatoes, peppers, rosemary, cilantro and basil to kick things off. We still need more tomato plants. Tomatoes bought in the store have no flavor compared to tomatoes straight off the vine.

Oh, and I picked the only ripe strawberry off my small basket. It was delicious.

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8 thoughts on “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows”

  1. I love the list of birds. We see many of those around here. If you ever care to write about it, I’d be interested in the way you have raised your garden beds. We think that would be a good thing to do for my wife’s garden.

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  2. I love to watch the birds but have never been a bird watcher. My fascination now is with the humming birds, as always. I also am so impressed with the giant hawks that swoop over the open area behind our yard. I am thrilled you are able to grow food in your raised beds. The critters have made that impossible for me. I so agree that there is nothing better than food straight from the garden.

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  3. We are so sad when we eat tomatoes not grown in our own yard. They’re always SO disappointing. The only ones that come close are the multi-colored pricey pack. Sigh. It’s months til we have those sun-bathed beauties sliced up!
    Beautiful strawberry 🙂
    Indigo bunting was spotted at my MIL’s a few years ago. Just for a few days and then poof! no more! They’re such a bright, happy sight.

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